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March 1, 2012

Best Web Design and Web Development Articles of February 2012

This post covers a roundup of 20 great articles written by various Web Designers and Web Developers in February 2012. Here is the list of articles written in February 2012 we found interesting and useful. Get the most of them. Enjoy!

Web Design

 

Git for Designers (Part 1)

“We all have to work together. Professionally, one way we do that is by using version control. A version control system tracks changes to your code. There are a lot of different version control systems out there. Today we'll be talking about git. Specifically, as it relates to designers making web sites...” check it out

 

Super Sweet CSS 3D Text Effects With Sass and LESS

“There’s not really a great way to apply a 3D effect using CSS. There’s no “text-extrude” property, though that would in fact be pretty awesome. Instead we have to fake it. One of the most popular ways to do this is to set up a whole heap of text-shadows. As with CSS backgrounds, text-shadows can be stacked repeatedly to achieve some really interesting results...” check it out

 

Responsive Design: Why You’re Doing It Wrong

“Responsive design isn’t a fad that arose because of a cool CSS technique, it’s an answer to a problem. Always remember that and constantly ask yourself whether or not you’re really adequately addressing that problem. If you’re using copy and paste to insert your media query breakpoints, your solution might be flawed. Let’s discuss why media queries exist and how we can leverage them to truly solve the quandary of the ubiquitous web...” check it out

 

22 Inspiring Examples of Circular Elements in Web Design

“The modern world of web designing is going through constant changes and coming up with newer and smarter design techniques in order to catch the eyes of the visitors. Among the latest designing elements, one must not forget about the circular elements of web design. Since there is always a demand for good, user-friendly, functional and decent web design, so designers try to imply more and more useful techniques to their projects...” check it out

 

How to Create a Killer Web Design Proposal for Your next Project

“Times are tough and so is the competition. You are no longer floored with projects after projects, those good old days are gone. In fact, jobs are few and far between and that means, you need to do some extra works to impress the prospective clients...” check it out

 

Finger-Friendly Design: Ideal Mobile Touchscreen Target Sizes

“Smaller touch targets are harder for users to hit than larger ones. When you’re designing mobile interfaces, it’s best to make your targets big so that they’re easy for users to tap. But exactly how big should you make them to give the best ease of use to the majority of your users? Many mobile developers have wondered this, and most have turned to the user interface guidelines provided by the platform developer for the answer...” check it out

 

Fact vs. Fiction: What Usability is Not

“In choosing to write this, I am simply reinforcing the simple concept that it is also necessary to talk about the “NOT” part in a subject as complex as usability. This shall (I hope!) help in resolving ugly assumptions about the subject and expose more dimensions for discussion. Let’s take a journey of both – popular and unpopular myths of usability. The following are prevailing misconceptions (fast becoming legends!) of usability, in no particular order...” check it out

 

Creating Minimalist Designs Makes You a Better Designer

“The trend of using minimalist designs has been with us for a while now. It seems like every day major design blogs publish a new gallery of great designs. But do minimalist designs actually mean anything to a designer? Can you become a better web designer by going the minimalist way or is it just a fad...” check it out

 

New Trends in Web Design You Cannot Ignore

“A study cited in ‘Behaviour and Information Technology‘ stated that it takes 1/20th of a second for a visitor to your site to decide whether or not they like what they see, and if or not they’re likely to stay. Considering the fact that many suspect Google is now including bounceback rates in its ranking factors: these reasons alone convey why getting every aspect of a website’s design just right, is vital...” check it out

 

Common mobile web design mistakes

“Mobile Internet usage is on the rise, and the world of Web design continues to evolve—so designers must learn to accomodate mobile devices. Thinking “Oh, my users won’t visit my website on a mobile device” is the worst mistake of all. No one can stop mobile usage from increasing, and the odds are that every website will receive visitors on mobile devices. So, the best strategy is to be as prepared as possible." check it out

 

Web Development

 

Command Line Basics

“Being familiar with how the command line works can vastly simplify your daily life. Let’s say you’d like to move all of the files with a certain extension from one folder to another. Let’s also say that there are far too many to want to select them in Finder and move them to a folder called html_files. You could take a lot of time and do it in Finder or open a terminal and type in the following...” check it out

 

Amazing Things to do With PHP and cURL

“cURL, and its PHP extension libcURL, are very useful tools for tasks like simulating a web browser, submit forms or login to a web service. In this article, I’m going to show you some amazing things that you can do using PHP and cURL...” check it out

 

Showcase Of Useful CSS3 Tutorials And Techniques

“At the moment, we list down some of the best tutorials and techniques related to CSS3. We hope that this assortment will help you in creating eye catchy and visually appealing designs. Check out this collection and feel free to share your opinion with us via comment section below...” check it out

 

Cloud Hosting: How Does It Really Work?

“The Internet has expanded so quickly in just a couple of decades. This growth has also accompanied a tremendous uptick in technological advancement allowing Internet speeds to increase while server costs have dramatically fallen. I’m sure by now most of you have heard about hosting your files “within the cloud”. More advanced hosting companies have begun to offer cloud hosting solutions. But what does this really mean...” check it out

 

Attention Developers: NewRelic is your Secret Weapon

“While the title of this article may sound like a cliche, hatched in the bowels of PR hell, I’m serious when I say that NewRelic is your secret weapon. In this article, I’ll talk about the common aspects of web application performance, and then demonstrate how NewRelic makes it blissfully easy to manage...” check it out

 

Modern Language Wars – PHP vs. Ruby vs.Python

“Today I came across an infographic on Udemy.com about the war between popular programming languages; PHP vs Ruby vs Python. The infographic compares the popularity, ease of learning, ranking in the previous year, marketability, most job postings, number of developers on LinkedIn and how fast they are...” check it out

 

MooTools Mobile: It’s Touching!

“When the community asked the MooTools team to add basic mobile event listening to MooTools' Event class, we listened; today MooTools supports all touch and gesture events. What if we want more detailed mobile event listeners though, like swipe with direction, pinch, or touchhold events? MooTools Mobile isn't a full mobile framework, but rather a set of utilities to make catering to mobile a bit more...touching. Let's have a look at the resources provided by MooTools Mobile...” check it out

 

Useful Git Commands

“I've used git quite a bit but I don't consider myself a git expert, per se. I often find myself looking up the same basic commands so I thought I'd share them there so I'd have a fast reference, and maybe this will help you out too...” check it out

 

A Nice Dose of Python Tutorials For Professionals

“In the preparation of Python Tutorials roundup I never get up from any blog website, so I plan to make an ultimate useful python tutorials list, because this is also a general-purpose, high-level programming language whose design philosophy emphasizes code readability. Python prerogatives to combine “remarkable power with very clear syntax” and its typical library are large and inclusive...” check it out

 

10 useful htaccess tricks to improve your website

“For some reason, the .htaccess file is often overlooked by web designers. If you have no idea what the .htaccess file is, I’ll just give you the Wikipedia definition: “A .htaccess (hypertext access) file is a directory-level configuration file supported by several web servers, that allows for decentralized management of web server configuration.” But let’s get to it, here are some of the cool things you can do in your .htacces file.” check it out

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